Istvan BENCZES is a Full Professor and Director of the Institute of World Economy at CUB, where he has been teaching since 1998. His research fields and interests are: European economic integration, macroeconomic and development policies and economic transformation and reform in CEE.
He received his Ph.D. from Central European University, Budapest, in 2006. He also holds an MSc in Economics from University College London and an MA in Finance from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences.
He teaches a number of courses on the master’s and doctoral levels such as European Economic Governance, International Financial Markets and International Political Economy.
Professor Benczes is also the Programme Director of the World Economy programme of the International Relations Doctoral School, CUB. He was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington between 2013 and 2015. He was Associate Dean of the Faculty of Economics, CUB, between 2007 and 2013. He has also been very active in the internationalisation of Corvinus University of Budapest (e.g., double degree programmes with the University of Groningen, University College London, University of Western Australia, University of Adelaide).
He has published more than 100 academic papers. His monograph Trimming the sails: The comparative political economy of expansionary fiscal consolidations was published by CEU Press in 2008. The book Költségvetési pénzügyek was published by Akadémiai Kiadó in 2010. His edited volumer, Deficit and dent in transition came out at CEU Press in 2014. His book chapters appeared in publications of SAGE, Palgrave MacMillan, CEU Press, etc. His papers were published in the Journal of Common Market Studies, Intereconomics, Post-Communist Economies, International Journal of Emerging Markets, Transition Studies Review, etc.
As the first young Hungarian economist, he received the Junior Prima Primissima Prize in 2007. In 2010 he was awarded the Kaldor Prize in Economic Policy. He received the Highly Commended Award from Emerald Literati Network for his research article „Market reform and fiscal laxity in communist and postcommunist Hungary” in 2012. Most recently, he has been awarded the Pro University Prize of CUB.